No problem. I'll give this a shot and see in a week or so what it's like. So far no problems with any lag in either the internet speed or plain system speed. My system matches Oliver's almost exactly except probably with more things running in the background already, so I'm using the command line version.
My only question was that if I were to close the program or reboot or something and then start it back up, would I start from where I left off, or would the whole thing reset back to 0%? I took a quick look around the site and the FAQs, but couldn't find anything.
There is a "checkpoint" setting that you can configure. I think it writes every 15 minutes by default. You can stop the client and try running the configuration with the -configonly switch when you run it from the command line.
This is where you can make changes to take advantage of Hyperthreading or multiple processor PCs as well.
Concerning Tribals' computer...the lony time I notice any lag...come to think of it, I don't think I've noticed any, and I've been running at 100% for the past few days. I turn if off when downloading stuff, just in case.
Welcome to the crew, Tribal!!!
Originally posted by Guru ZimThere is a "checkpoint" setting that you can configure. I think it writes every 15 minutes by default. You can stop the client and try running the configuration with the -configonly switch when you run it from the command line.
I get a check point every so often, but I think its for information sake only...because saved everytime a step is taken. I could be mistaken, though.
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Originally posted by Guru Zim It's probably better that you wait until you have broadband because you will get sick of it randomly calling on you.
OK, I'm on dial up. Broadband isn't in the plans at the moment. If I connect, download and start working on something, it seems I can then disconnect and leave it working? My question then is if I turn off my PC before the whole million steps or whatever, does it lose all that work or does it go back to say the last 100 000? If it does get through all the steps, do I have to reconnect before I shutdown?
If it finishes before you reconnect to the internet, it will just not be able to send the work. It won't be lost.
You can set it to ask you before connecting to the internet.
It may be able to dial out on its own. If so, you'll probably want to set it to ask you before sending work.
You can close the application or reboot at any time, the only catch is you will start back at your last checkpoint when you start it back up. I think if you close it down from a menu or with Ctrl-C on the command line that it forces a checkpoint at that point.
When you say it disappeared, do you mean that it submitted? Do you know how long ago that was? There is usually a small lag before the stats are updated (I think it is around once per hour). I don't see you listed on our team , yet.
All right, I've gone ahead and joined, too (under ShadeEagle). So far, I haven't had to reformat or do anything annoying and/or nonuseful yet. I'm kind of curious as to whether or not this will successfully run overnight, as I've had issues keeping my computer's internet connection from not dying if I leave it on overnight. Guess I'll have that question answered tonight.
The application only needs an internet connection briefly as it downloads new work and sends work out. I recommend broadband not for download speeds, but availability. It will work fine if you are disconnected from the internet for long periods.
I didn't show up until it finished the first WU, which took a few days. The one I've got now is taking even longer, but at least the command line version can be closed and will re-start from pretty much exactly where it left off (or at least it does for me) without any changes made to what you download from the site. Just 'run' and 'minimize' and it figures out the rest for me.
Leroy - I ran the windows version under Wine on my Mini-itx machine but it was so slow (the machine, not the client) that I gave up. It's only an 800 mhz machine... and it was running hot. Of course, it only uses 25 watts so it wasn't really intended to be a crunching powerhouse. I was running Ubuntu on that at the time and it was easy enough to set it up.
Of course, I haven't really had that machine on since August when I moved. I probably should plug it in again, since it is the machine that I was downloading the backups on...
Also, we are now in the top 5000 teams with just over 23,000 points. If we can get up to around 100k we will be in the top 2000 teams and then the cool stats sites will have way more information for our team.
See: extremeoverclocking.com under the folding stats, for example.
Originally posted by Guru ZimLeroy - I ran the windows version under Wine on my Mini-itx machine but it was so slow (the machine, not the client) that I gave up.
I ran the linux console version under wine, which may or may not be why I was having problems. Acutally, I'm not even sure I was having problems - I've never just *run* a .exe file in linux, so I'm a bit confused why it worked with wine...
I guess getting any essential access would allow you to do some damage. I'm recalling my first Mac virus which was more annoying than crippiling (the Word Macro Virus) - and required all of 15 minutes to remove.